So in retrospect, it seems I went a bit overboard on celebrating Madilyn’s 5th birthday. I was so worried that with the move and the new baby that she would feel overlooked on her 5th birthday – so I had a party in Florida, then one in TN, but since we couldn’t have it on her birthday we had another celebration the day of! At any rate we are PARTIED OUT. Even Madilyn asked if she could pick where she had her 6th birthday. She wants it at ONE place. Chick-fil-a. With cupcakes (no wrappers) on top of a cake. Done!
I also had my own 5th birthday party in the back of my mind – Mom had invited the entire Kindergarten class and it was pretty epic.
Ok, enough maternal guilt … We’ve had a great time. Madilyn loved celebrating with friends in 3 places and will have fun memories for years to come. Onto the pix!
So the original idea was to have the five girls – Madilyn, cousins Jorah & Emma, friends Addison and Caroline – play at Warriors Path State Park – they have a great playground with a “Narnia” theme. Since there was a funeral the parents would be attending, we had to move the party from late afternoon to the middle of the day. We got there and it was blazing hot, and yellow jackets were swarming the pavilion. My brother Chris went and bought spray, but it didn’t make enough difference to keep the wasps away. Ten minutes into the party Madilyn was white as a sheet and looked like she was going to pass out from the heat. … So we moved the whole party to McDonald’s that had an indoor playground, which turned out great. The girls had fun and we escaped the heat, and then got drenched as a downpour of rain happened as we were getting in the car.
Here they are at the park before the heat nearly consumed us!
Party – take 2!
Madilyn, Emma and Addison
My cousin Shana meeting Ellenor
The cookie cake from Nana
Caroline and Jorah
Opening presents. Addison read her card to Madilyn!
Caroline posing with her party gift – fairy wings!
A fun time! We also enjoyed visiting with Shana, her friend Chelsea, my Aunt Cindy, Addison’s aunt Consuela, Caroline’s mom Heather, mom and Chris.
After we got home Madilyn opened more gifts – from Nana, Uncle Chris and Mammaw!
She got Lego friends, a doll and 2 backpacks for school!
Mammaw and Ellenor
Uncle Dean & Aunt Gloria came over after the funeral (it was for a very sweet lady who is a cousin to Mom and Aunt Gloria) and gave Madilyn a card. When she opened it money started flying everywhere!
Enjoying baby Ellenor